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Gorque
12-02-2006, 08:20 AM
In the observer comments archive there is this picture (http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/comments/2006/113010.jpg) and it is entitled "Phenomenom known as glory". I'm assuming the void in the middle is caused by the tower shadow. Is the rest of this effect caused by the opportune positioning of the observer to the sunlight reflecting back off of a fog bank?

SummitStaff
12-02-2006, 09:21 AM
The phenomena is tough to explain, but there is a comment in the archive on September 16th that may help:

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/comments/index.php

The best explanation of the effect is described at this link:

http://www.sundog.clara.co.uk/droplets/gloab.htm

Hope that helps, it is a joy to see!

SummitStaff

Brad
12-02-2006, 05:01 PM
I think a Glory is a distant cousin of the Sun Pillar I saw last winter. I had no idea what I was looking at - took a picture and Jim Salge told me afterwards it was a Sun Pillar. This picture was taken before sunrise and the light was refracting off ice crystals in the air near the horizon.

http://images15.fotki.com/v260/photos/8/8235/3038430/IMG_3073a-vi.jpg

Gorque
12-02-2006, 05:08 PM
WOW!!! That is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. :)

AlpineHikerFan71
12-02-2006, 06:34 PM
I think a Glory is a distant cousin of the Sun Pillar I saw last winter. I had no idea what I was looking at - took a picture and Jim Salge told me afterwards it was a Sun Pillar. This picture was taken before sunrise and the light was refracting off ice crystals in the air near the horizon.

http://images15.fotki.com/v260/photos/8/8235/3038430/IMG_3073a-vi.jpg

that is an awesome shot Brad. WOW, I would have that one framed and blown up to a nice size photo. Nice job!

tkahike
12-02-2006, 06:54 PM
Thanks. Great shot.

HikerBob
12-02-2006, 10:29 PM
For great explanations of this and other atmospheric phenomenon this site http://www.atoptics.co.uk/ is excellent.

Bob

Brad
12-03-2006, 08:53 AM
For great explanations of this and other atmospheric phenomenon this site http://www.atoptics.co.uk/ is excellent.

Bob
Great site! I will check it out after I get from LL Bean's this evening :-)